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Review: ultra-short screening tests are not highly accurate for detecting depression in primary care

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Q Do ultra-short screening instruments accurately detect depression in primary care?


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primary studies assessing the diagnostic validity of ultra-short depression screening instruments (ie, those with 1–4 items, taking <2 min to complete) in primary care patients. Studies of visual analogue scales and those that did not comply with …

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  • For correspondence: Dr A J Mitchell, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester, UK. alex.mitchell{at}

  • Source of funding: no external funding.